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Mindstar Rising [Hardcover]

Peter F. Hamilton
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)

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Aug 1996
It's the 21st century and global warming is here to stay, so forget the way your country used to look. And get used to the free market, too – the companies possess all the best hardware, and they're calling the shots now. In a world like this, a man open to any offers can make out just fine. A man like Greg Mandel for instance, who's psi-boosted, wired into the latest sensory equipment, carrying state-of-the-art weaponry – and late of the English Army's Mindstar Battalion. As the cartels battle for control of a revolutionary new power source, and corporate greed outstrips national security, tension is mounting to boiling point – and Greg Mandel is about to face the ultimate test.
--This text refers to the Paperback edition.


Product details

  • Hardcover: 383 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books (Aug 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312859554
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312859558
  • Product Dimensions: 3.2 x 15.2 x 22.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 97,515 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Peter F. Hamilton manages a very neat trick, combining deft scientific and social speculations with the page-turning appeal of the best thrillers." --Tad Williams
""Mindstar Rising "is more than a taut, suspenseful story--it's intellectually exciting as well, its future world full of surprises." --Poul Anderson
"An assured, effective debut from a writer to watch." --"Kirkus Reviews" (pointer review)
--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Peter F. Hamilton was born in Rutland in 1960, and still lives near Rutland Water. He began writing in 1987 and sold his first short story to Fear magazine in 1988. His previous novels are the Greg Mandel series and the bestselling Night's Dawn trilogy. Also published by Pan Macmillan are A Second Chance at Eden, a novella and six short stories set in the same brilliantly realized universe, and The Confederation Handbook, a vital guide to the Night’s Dawn trilogy. His most recent novels are Fallen Dragon, Misspent Youth, Pandora’s Star, Judas Unchained and the Void trilogy: The Dreaming Void, The Temporal Void and The Evolutionary Void. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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50 of 53 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I live here! 31 Jan 2001
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
I have grown up in the area which Peter Hamilton describes here. And it sounds so cool. I know the dodgy areas in and around peterborough where the story is set, and its quite an amusing excersize to imagine the street gangs and new political landscape for the country being run from my home city. It still felt like home even though it was drasticly different.
This book has cool tech stuff, bio-implants, black-ops warfare and a murder mystery style all wrapped into one. Its Ace. Wish I had neural-nanonics, it would help to pass my degree right now...
Although written a few years ago now all the stuff in it is still very relavent to todays issues, especially about advances in technology, human genering etc. and how we should use it. This is one authors bent on what we might do with some of that power.
I have ready everything Hamilton has writen but this was my first. Its no 'nights dawn', but its still great. This is much easier on the brain than any of the more complex works hes written. and is a great introduction to his writing.
This is the first of three Greg Mandel novels. Mindstar, Quantum Murder, Nano Flower.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good starter! 15 Oct 2006
By DMM
Format:Paperback
One of his early books and a good, easy read. Treats the future with a realistic view (especially in light of current politics) and the military aspects were believable and based upon rational actions. Problem with so many sci-fi books using military sub-plots is the total lack of reality when it comes to both military action sequences, dialogue and personalities. As an ex-soldier, you can see real events unfold and he stays away from the "stereotypical" protrayal of ex-soldiers.

If you're politically correct or of the liberal persuasion you won't like it!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A great book that would make a great movie. 6 May 2008
Format:Paperback
I really enjoyed mindstar rising, I found it a refreshing take on the cyberpunk genre. Being set in englans was refreshing and the use of global warming in place of nuclear conflict makes the premise seem more likely. The main character is very much a straight forward military type with added psychic powers. Some people have knocked the book for having flat characters, this isn't something I noticed or had any issue with. There is a fine balance between mystery and action here and it is never dull. Well worth all sci fi fans checking out.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic albeit a bit cheesey 10 Oct 2008
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This is a book that I never tire of reading.
It may not be the epic of the Reality Dysfunction and Hamilton's later works but the Greg Mandel universe is a great one to immerse oneself in.
So many interesting ideas come together for the first time: The Warming and the impact of the environment, the alternative UK future, the weapons tech and the hotrodding.
It's a fun universe and one that I keep coming back to. I'm sure Peter Hamilton does not think this is his best ever book but I think it's an absolute classic and one that I'll read again!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent British sci-fi 16 Jan 1999
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
Having just finished reading The Reality Dysfunction and Neutronium Alchemist I couldn't believe that I had missed picking up these books before. This is his debut novel and is excellent with good characterisations, beleivable technological developments and a very British setting.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
A detective story set in the near future, Mindstar rising is cast against a background of a Britain where the revolution has finished and the People's Constables are no more. The 2nd Gulf war left its scars on many people, one of which is the key figure Greg, one of the few survivors of the Mindstar brigade. Surgical implants of a 'gland' have left Greg with some psychic abilities which aid him in his role as a private detective. This book is one of the most enjoyable reads I had in a long time. Its cyberpunk without the constant net references or an American setting. Buy 3 copies.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Uk Sci fi at its best !!! 11 Aug 1999
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
The ten year rule of a far left government and global warming have taken its toll on Britain. The economy is just starting to kick into life again, but who is trying to sabotage Event Horizons plan to make Britain great again ?. Enter Greg Mandell a psi enhanced ex soldier with a decidely shady past. I enjoyed this book immensely. It romps along at a fair old pace with some stunning set pieces . Recommended.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Paperback
The "Warming" is here. The Nene is the Mersey of the East and Peterborough a sprawling metropolis of foreign and domestic industry. Enter an ex-solider with an enhanced "Psi" capability and the tale begins.
This booked added a dimesion which rarely is seen. A science-fiction novel that is based in a place where no-one else would set one, namely Rutland, South Lincolnshire and North Camdrigeshire. This story has twists and turns with a compelling urge to keep reading. A very good book.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Down to Earth
Read on through the Greg Mandel books,you could buy worse stories but forget those superb epics starting with The Neutronium Alchemist.The Naked God. Not going to happen.
Published 1 month ago by James 42
5.0 out of 5 stars Good book fast shipping.
My husband is a big Hamilton fan. He was so excited to receive this gift. Came across the pond in record time too!
Published 3 months ago by bweinert
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
Like all Peter F Hamiltons books its a gripping and well written book. Set in an earlier period to his other novels it sets the scene for the later books with a post global warmed... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Mr. Ian Lloyd Williams
4.0 out of 5 stars Great concept and execution
Having read the Void Trilogy as well as the Commonwealth Saga these books by the same author are quite different being more linear and focusing on one character, Greg Mendel. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Wegason
4.0 out of 5 stars Mindstar Rising
Fantastic read another fab book from Hamilton. Keeps you hooked from start to finish, anyone who likes Hamilton will love it.
Published 4 months ago by stephen mitchell
4.0 out of 5 stars Mindstar rising
This is the second time I have read this book and found it a much better read the second time. What is interesting is how technology had changed since the first time I read it. Read more
Published 6 months ago by C. Wood
5.0 out of 5 stars great book but ridiculous spelling mistakes
Love this book, one of my favourite paperbacks
but why-oh-why do the publishers rush kindle publication and allow stupid annoying spelling mistakes. Read more
Published 7 months ago by st.albansmark
5.0 out of 5 stars Hamilton true to form
What i love about Peter F Hamilton's books is that he takes his time to tell the story which makes it easier to immerse yourself in it; his characters are always complex and his... Read more
Published 7 months ago by B. Wiles
4.0 out of 5 stars Ripping Hamilton yarn
Fast moving plot with decent characterization. Fans of Peter won't be left disappointed and there's plenty here for newcomers too
Published 7 months ago by alex brannan
4.0 out of 5 stars A good read with an interesting concept
This is the first of Peter F Hamilton's books that I've read and I have to say, it wasn't what I expected! Read more
Published 9 months ago by Lotte Mason
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